PhD in Economics. Leading researcher at the Institute for Integrated Social Research RAS (former Russian Independent Institute for Social and Nationalities Problems).
In 1976 he graduated from the Moscow State University, Faculty of Economy, with a specialization in mathematical methods in economic analysis”.
In 1976-87 he was involved with economic institutes of the USSR Academy of Science such as the Central Economic and Mathematical Institute (Department of Living Problems, head: N.M.Rimashevskaya), the Institute of Economic Forecasting (Department of S.S.Shatalin); his work was focused on socio-economic issues (level and way of living, forecasting of consumer behavior).
In 1984 he presented his PhD in Economics (“Management of National Economy”).
In 1987 he was appointed chief scientific secretary at SSA USSR AS by the President of the Soviet Sociological Association of the USSR Academy of Science T.I.Zaslavskoy.
From 1990-93 he has been head of sociological service of the Supreme Soviet of RF and the Congress of People’s Deputies (as a leading specialist at the Subcommittee for Studying Public Opinion): participated in drafting the law on political parties; witnessed and participated in the events of September-October 1993.
After October 1993 he worked as a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Political Processes, MSU (1993-94); at the Russian Independent Institute of Social and Nationalities Problems (leading researcher since May 1995 till present); at the Foundation for Effective Politics (1995-96); at the “Nikkolo M” Centre (1997-98); at the Institute for Humanities and Political Studies (1997); at the “Russian Project” Research and Humanitarian Programs Foundation. He has also actively collaborated with the Moscow Carnegie Centre, the Expert Institute of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs; he has worked in the area of political sociology, analysis and forecasting political processes in modern Russia.
In 2003-2007 he was head of VCIOM`s Department of Social and Political Analysis
He is the author of more than 100 publications, and co-author of a number of monographs.
He has been a member of Scientific and Expert Council of VCIOM since 2007.